The Orchids of Western Australia

Thelymitra – Sun Orchids

These relatively simple flowers differ from other orchids in lacking a labellum, all petals being similar in size and shape. The column, however, is highly modified and is often adorned with prominent wings or glands which are designed to attract pollinating insects. Each column is distinctive in appearance, and can be used to identify the species. The name ‘Thelymitra’ refers to the hooded column.

Crystal Brook Star Orchid
Star Orchids
Yellow Orchid
Yellow Sun Orchids
Eastern Curly Locks
Curly Locks
Queen of Sheba
Shy Sun Orchid
Blue Sun Orchids
Swamp Sun Orchid
Swamp Sun Orchid


  1. Chris Campbell

    I have been photographing orchids around Badgingarra and think I have found Thelymitra rubra. [I found a photo in Wikipedia]. Could you identify it if I could send you a photo?

  2. Margie Ward

    Hello Noel. I think I’ve found a Thelymitra Ongerup but not near Ongerup. Should I be reporting it to someone? I have reasonably good photos if someone is interested in this. It seems to be an orchid not in many places.

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